DCNS and Alderney Renewable Energy sign an agreement

DCNS and Alderney Renewable Energy (ARE), a British company specializing in tidal current energy, signed a memorandum of understanding with a view to developing tidal turbine farms in the Channel. The race of Alderney, located between the Cotentin peninsula and Alderney, has one of the most powerful tidal currents in the world, and with water turbines could produce several gigawatts.

Frédéric Le Lidec, DCNS marine renewable energies incubator director, declares: ?The signature of this agreement is another step towards industrial and commercial development of a proper marine renewable energies sector. This cooperation between DCNS and ARE is also a major step for the deployment of tidal turbine technology on one of the world?s most promising sites.?

DCNS, which has the ambition of playing a major role in the development of a new marine renewable energies industrial sector, is today the only manufacturer in the world working on all marine renewable energy technologies: offshore floating wind turbines, tidal current turbines, ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) and wave energy. However, tidal current energy is one of the most technologically and commercially mature technologies. It also has substantial energy potential, estimated at 75 gigawatts.

This agreement was signed within the framework of the Franco-British summit held today in Paris, in the presence of the British energy minister Edward Davey and the French industry minister Eric Besson.
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Posted by Gloria Llopis | 2012-02-22